Adipose tissue facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Adipose tissue
Illu connective tissues 1.jpg
Adipose tissue is one of the main types of connective tissue

In biology, adipose tissue, body fat, or simply fat is a loose connective tissue composed mostly of adipocytes. In addition to adipocytes, adipose tissue contains the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) of cells including preadipocytes, fibroblasts, vascular endothelial cells and a variety of immune cells such as adipose tissue macrophages.

Adipose tissue comes from from preadipocytes. Its main role is to store energy in the form of lipids, although it also cushions and insulates the body.

Far from being hormonally inert, adipose tissue has, in recent years, been recognized as a major endocrine organ, as it produces hormones such as leptin, estrogen, resistin, and cytokine.

The two types of adipose tissue are white adipose tissue (WAT), which stores energy, and brown adipose tissue (BAT), which generates body heat.

The formation of adipose tissue appears to be controlled in part by the adipose gene. Adipose tissue – more specifically brown adipose tissue – was first identified by the Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner in 1551.

Images for kids


Adipose tissue Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.